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1912 – Mission Moderne

The centennial retrospective of the Sonderbund Exhibition

31 August – 30 December 2012


1912. Mission Moderne EN

1912 – Mission Moderne
The centennial retrospective of the Sonderbund Exhibition

31 August to 30 December 2012 (Exhibition Level 3rd Floor)

Almost 100 years ago Cologne was host to what clearly was the single most important presentation of European Modernism. Entitled the “Sonderbund Exhibition”, the show in summer 1912 charted the developments in the latest movements in painting and the plastic arts by means of 577 canvases and 57 sculptures by 173 artists.

This unique exhibition brought together an abundance of masters that would be quite inconceivable today, including Cézanne, Gauguin, Macke, Munch, Nolde, Picasso, Schiele, Signac and van Gogh. The spectrum of the works ranged from Postimpressionism to German Expressionism – the young painters of die Brücke and the Blauer Reiter. With “1912 – Mission Moderne“, the Wallraf celebrates the centenary of the original exhibition by taking a spectacular look back at the Sonderbund’s show.

With over 100 masterpieces that were all exhibited on the occasion, the original goals and focuses of the exhibition will all be reconstructed. The Wallraf will bring back to light the fundamental trends that held sway at the dawn of the 20th century art. Thanks to the historical distance afforded by the hundred years in between, this fascinating retrospective underscores just how revolutionary and trail-blazing the “Sonderbund Exhibition” was in its time.

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Adults:    12 € (per person)
Concession:    8 € (per person)
Groups:    10 € (per person for 10 to 25 people)
Schools:    4 € (per student)
Families:    24 € (two persons with children)

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   Audio example 1: Paul Gauguin, The Invocation
   Audio example 2: Edvard Munch, Amor and Psyche



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Cataloque to the exhibition

– Mission Moderne
Die Jahrhundertschau des Sonderbundes

by Barbara Schaefer (Hrsg.)
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud
Wienand Verlag, Cologne

648 pp, 764 colour images, 192 black-and-white pictures,
24 x 31,5 cm, available in German only.
Museums Edition: € 39,90 [D]
Bookstore Edition: € 49,90 [D] | SFR 62,50 SFR [CH]
(ISBN 978-3-86832-111-1)

 Cover: 1912 - Mission Moderne


Booklet of the Exhibition

Accompanying to the exhibition a bilingual booklet (German and English) is available in the museums shop for € 12.

Cover: Begleitheft 1912-Mission Moderne

Cedon Museumsshop
+49 (0) 221 277-98957


Bilder 1912 EN

1912 Cologne Sonderbundausstellung, View into the Munch-Room1912 Cologne Sonderbundausstellung, View into one of the five van Gogh-RoomsVincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Road near Arles, 1888, Pommersches Landesmuseum, GreifswaldVincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Woman Weeding, 1890, Stiftung Sammlung E.G. Bührle, ZürichVincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Entrance to the Public Garden in Arles, 1888, The Phillips Collection, Washington DCVincent van Gogh (1853–1890), L'Arlésienne, 1888, Musée d’Orsay, ParisGiovanni Giacometti (1868–1933), Girl at the Well, 1910, Private Collection, Switzerland, (Foto: Foto Flury, Pontresina)Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Fisherwomen Tahiti, 1891, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, On loan from the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung (bpk/Nationalgalerie, SMB/Jörg P. Anders)Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), Flowers in a Olive-Green Vase, 1883–87, Courtesy: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, MartignyAnton Faistauer (1887–1930), Nude (Naked Girl), ca. 1910, Salzburg Museum, Salzburg